Memory Bear Tessa After spending an evening scrolling I was drawn to a FB post asking for the best Memory Bear pattern, intrigued I read on. The comments quickly filled with people posting photos of memory bears that had either:

a) been made by themselves ❤️ … perfectly imperfect, but made with as much love as only a parent/grandparent/relative could.

or

b) been made for them by professionals.

It is the latter that actually made me really cross, there are so many businesses that need to walk away from their sewing machines !!!! Immediately !!!!

What qualifies me to say this?

I started My Ooo Bear in 2003, am completely self-taught and am the first to say that I have made many many mistakes. I have taken the time to grow as an artist and now consider myself highly skilled in the memory bear field.

Louisa and I have designed and evolved our own patterns based on our (combined) 40 years of knowledge of fabric properties, flexibility and manipulation. Add to that a textile degree and a fountain of fabric know-how (thanks to Louisa).

Who can make a memory bear?

There are a handful of really incredibly skilled creators out there, but please, please research everything first – don’t just choose the 1st one you see. Definitely don’t make your decision based on price! Inevitably, you get what you pay for. We know how long it takes to make each one of a kind Ooo Bear. If the price is too good to be true – beware!! Your memories are priceless so make sure you get the memory bear you deserve.

Where to have a memory bear made?

You may not like the answer because there is no easy fix, you will need to research hard to find your perfect fit.

There are a handful of really incredibly skilled creators out there, but please, please research everything first – don’t just choose the 1st one you see. Definitely don’t make your decision based on price! Inevitably, you get what you pay for. We know how long it takes to make each one of a kind Ooo Bear. If the price is too good to be true – beware!! Your memories are priceless so make sure you get the memory bear you deserve.

Ask the creator as many questions as you want – no question is ever a silly question. Send photographs of your clothing to the company for advice. Ask to see examples of fabrics similar to yours being used and look at customer reviews. After exploring every question/concern you have, ask yourself ‘does this company care enough to look after my clothing as if they were their own?’ ‘Have they had the patience to answer all of my questions and understood how important these memories are to me?’ and most importantly ‘Have they reassured me?’.

The final word…

I know my blog is maybe going to cause a stir within the memory bear maker community, but I am so tired of sitting back and seeing these (quite frankly) hideous Memory Bear’s continue to be made. I desperately wish that I could go further with my blog, and show you what and who to avoid as it is so heartbreaking to see your beautiful memories ruined. Always remember that the reason you are having a memory bear made is so your memories can be on display and shared, so they can catch your eye unexpectedly and make you smile on the inside and out so that you feel, smell and hold past moments again – not so they are transformed into something else that is again hidden away.

Like the blog post says ‘only a face a mother could love is a perfect explanation. A bad memory bear is still made from your memories so you will love your keepsake regardless .. but do you really want a unicorn, that looks like a horse,  but could be a giraffe, with the feet of a lion and the wings of a bird?

It seems to be an unspoken murmur that many of us know there are lots of shocking memory bears that are adorning shelves up and down the country and it just breaks my heart every time I see another one … please please please don’t let yours be the next one I see.

We can not wait to welcome you into the Ooo Bear family today.

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– Mrs Ooo xXx